Being avid (if not rabid) fans of technology, entertainment, and design, my guess is that most Asynchronites are familiar with TED.com. I’ve been watching TED talks for years, enjoying the savory insights from the brilliant minds of our time in digestible, twenty-minute chunks. Over the years, TED speakers have challenged, educated, entertained and inspired me. Following are five TED videos (and 1 bonus vid!) that stand out to me, not only as relevant to Asynchrony, but also as some of my personal TED favorites.
Jesse’s presentation on games creeping into our lives is remarkable. He is funny, engaging, thought-provoking, and his ability to shrug off profound points with an understated, “Anyway…” kills me every time.
Are we killing our creatives? Elizabeth Gilbert speaks on the burden of creativity, and the potentially crippling fear of creative failure (especially after a great success).
Remember the fantastically nerdy TV show ‘Robot Wars’? Well, cast aside your fears of our future shiny metal overlords and dive in to the world of robotics, exoskeletons and cybernetic augmentations as they relate to the future of defense.
This talk suggests that we start our design thinking with people and culture instead of technology. Tim pleads for a shift to holistic, collaborative, participatory design efforts that solve systemic problems.
Demonstrating technology inspired by the Hollywood movie ‘Minority Report’, John Underkoffler explores the possibilities of spatially aware user interfaces. Awesome.
There is something instinctively human about our perception of music. Bobby McFerrin demonstrates with a live audience.
Leave a comment and tell us what you think about any of these videos, or share your own TED favorites!